Office of Metropolitan Impact

OMI promotes the University's Mission by forging mutually beneficial partnerships.

The mission of the Office of Metropolitan Impact is to further develop the volume, value, and impact of mutually beneficial community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service and to enhance aspects of the Chancellor’s Metropolitan Vision as defining dimensions of University of Michigan-Dearborn.


Catch up on OMI programs in the news:

  • OMI is excited to announce our annual seed grant cycle is now open!  Faculty can apply for Community-Based Research and Community-Based Project seed grants in amounts ranging from $500-$5,000.  For more information, see our Seed Grant page
  • OMI's Assistant Director, Molly Manley, is serving on the 2017-2018 Metro Read Commission.  The Metro Read is a campus initiative utilizing high impact practices in which students come together through a common campus read.  The book chosen for Fall 2017 is Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, by Eboo Patel. For more information on this year's Metro Read, visit the website.

Learn More!

OMI supports and increases the local impact of the UM-Dearborn campus in the Metro Detroit area by investing in collaborative projects and initiatives between community and university.

Our work lifts up faculty, supports student success, and increases the positive impact of community and university relationships.  Just a few of our many projects are listed below.